Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1449 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Cuts into 10 slices

It's difficult not to demolish this classic by Tana Ramsay in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal399
  • fat21g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g caster sugar


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together 225g softened unsalted butter and 225g caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Sift in 225g flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

  2. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Comments (1757)

csheeka's picture

Quick, simple and tasty. Always goes down well.

sweeena's picture

This cake is gorgeous!!
I actually under cooked it and it worked brilliantly!
This was because there was a gooey, lemony, sticky sauce in the centre, which was DELICIOUS with the actual cake part. And so extras like cream, creme fraiche is not needed to go with the cake!!

Another thing if you have any lemon syrup left over from pouring over the cake, mix in gradually icing sugar so you have a crisp lemon icing also.

This cake is lovely and got a bi tumbs up from all the farmers that tasted it!!!

nicolamcc's picture

Oops forgot to rate!

ps Ginger, maybe you could try cooking it at a lower temp for a little longer to make sure the middle is cooked? The middle of mine was totally raw after 45min but 10min later was perfect.

nicolamcc's picture

Gorgeous cake, beautiful fine texture - I've never been so proud of anything I've baked before :) BUT would def add juice of lemon next time as it's not quite lemony enough for me. Also, could I reduce the eggs to 3 without harming the cake? 4 eggs seems a lot to me and I can almost taste them. Still lush though and def a winner that I'll adjust and make again. Took an extra 10 mins in my fan oven.

neets01's picture

Great recipe and very quick to make. I've made it at least six times and everyone loves it.

shrekboy101's picture

Hi I am 17 years old and i made this for a practicalpiece in my course then i sold it in the acorn cafe i work at for work experience it was more popular than i would have imagined.
my friends within the same course use other recipes like chocolate crunch, victoria sponge and fruit cake. i would have thought they would be better than mine in presentation and in taste but i was proven wrong again. your instructions were easy to follow and the ingredience was easy to get hold of.
all the best in future recipes.

missmulberry's picture

This is one of the simplest cakes I've ever made - also one of the tastiest though.

Might make another later this week

rosebudwilson's picture

This cake is delicious and so simple to make. Thanks Tana

terrylily's picture

Just got chickens and looking for recipes using eggs.

Lovely cake first time (and I'm famous for making sponge cakes that end up as pudding with custard!)

Took 1hr 5 mins. I didn't get a crunchy sugary top - not sure why. Will use 2 lemon zests next time.

katepturner's picture

Absolutely delicious and so easy you could make it with your eyes closed! I've made this so many times now and it's always a hit. Have always used the rind from 2 lemons and it's perfect - lemony but not overpowering.

sheydon's picture

This cake is really Yummy and not much trouble to make. My son loves it so made two last time and they last for ages wrapped in tin foil.

trixyvixy22's picture

very nice! added lemon juice in cale mixture too. My drizzle didn't go hard in top though- not sure why

akendrick15's picture

My sister made this
cake the other day
it was so good i didn't believe
she made it. :)

Linnyma's picture

Easy to make. The taste and texture was delightful. My sugar drizzle didn't go chruncy but it didn't matter.

louadams's picture

Made this a few times now. So quick and easy and it tastes delicious.

rosm3nty's picture

Love this recipe. It tastes fantastic, however the middle of my cake keeps coming out a bit soggy although the rest is perfect. I've been getting round the problem by cutting the centre out and presenting it as a ring cake which works well but can anyone offer any suggestions.

gervais's picture

I have just given it a 3 star rating because whilst it worked there really, in my opinion, is nothing special about it. As someone previously wrote it is a standard cake recipe with the addition of lemons, I made this 30 years ago at school under the heading of 'creaming method' cakes. The icing is satisfactory but again hey lemon juice and sugar what's new?

pennypops's picture

Thankyou for this reciepe. It was so easy to make and really delicious. My small grandsons have rated it a thumbs up.It was lovely and moist and well worth the effort as I am not the worlds best cook. I was very pleased with myself how well it turned out.

cosmosshow's picture

Easy & quick to make! It was delicious!

lizziejsmith's picture

I cooked for twice as long. Delicious.


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